Ghostbust a-Move to Freak Out at the 14th Annual Trick or Treat Festival

Top Quote It is that time again - time to FREAK OUT! No tricks, just treats and best of all the treats are fun, festive and sure to put you in the Halloween spirit at the Orange County Market Place, October 30, 2011. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 15, 2011 - ORANGE COUNTY MARKET PLACE
    Weekend swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
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    "Freak Out" at the 14th Annual Trick or Treat Festival
    Ghoulish Fun that Doesn't Cost an Arm and a Leg

    Costa Mesa, CA (October 14, 2011)--There are sit-ins and sit-downs aimed at drawing attention to a voice that needs to be heard. But remove the political aspect, hold the gathering at Halloween and release your inner ghoul and goblin, and what you have is a "Freak-Out!"

    All in good fun, of course.

    So look within and get your "freak" on for the 14th Annual Trick or Treat Festival, coupled with the 12th Annual Halloween Procession and Show, on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. The Festival, held in conjunction with the weekend swap meet, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a full day of spirited fun and creative expression.

    Ghoulish Show Offs
    No one loves a hearse more than the person who owns one, particularly the members of the Phantom Coaches Hearse Club who make up most of the 50 some vintage, antique, and restored hearses, funeral cars, limousines and ambulance in the Festival's annual procession through Costa Mesa. They aren't your average car buff, but they share a passion for classic cars and they enjoy showing them off.

    The two mile cortege takes off at 10 a.m. from the fairgrounds and returns by 10:30 a.m. for an all day show at the Market Place. The procession will feature Reverend Tommy Gunn, FreakShow Deluxe's Minister of the Macabre, as Grand Marshal, riding in the lead hearse. A kasket kar and coffin go-kart built and ridden by members of the same club, will lead the troupe into the swap meet for the awaiting crowd cheers.

    Grab a ballot and vote for your favorite hearse in the People's Choice Awards and you'll get a free bag of popcorn.

    Screaming Encouraged
    Feel like screaming? Who doesn't? Whether it's spiders and snakes, or annoying telemarketers, texting addicts, or driving on the 405 freeway tell us what freaks you out then release your frustrations loudly in the I Scream for Ice Cream Contest at noon. All screamers receive free ice cream cones, and the best of the three will get prizes from Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurants including a $50 Zoo Party for first place, $30 and $10 worth of ice cream for second place and third place respectively. Trophies will be awarded as well. Time allows for 30 contestants so if you are seriously feel like screaming send an email to Scream4IceCream ( @ ) mail dot com dot Open to all ages, and there is no entry fee required dot

    Fashion Your Best Freak (or How Not to Dress at Work )
    The Come as Your Favorite Freak Costume Contest at 1:30 p.m. for ages 13 years and up will have contestants vying to win the offspring and relatives of famous monsters, in doll form, such as Draculaura. Judging is based on originality/creativity, stage presence and audience reaction with first through third place winning varied sets of Monster High Collectibles, a popular line of fashion dolls inspired by monster movies and horror fiction such as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy etc. Trophies to winners and all contestants receive a commemorative dog tag. No entry fee or advance registrations required.

    Scream and Costume Contests are hosted by "The Art of Schmoozing" author and Sideshow Comedic Magician, Aye Jaye.

    Two Halloweens are Better Than One
    Kids get a jump on their candy loot and an extra day of costume wearing with free trick or treating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nearly 100 vendors and several Market Place locations will be stocked up with free goodies and small toys. There's a free gift to the first 500 kids. A Kid's "Everyone's a Winner" Parade at noon allows all of the young ghouls and goblins to model their costumes on stage and receive a ribbon and prize. Come early for free face painting which starts at 9:30 a.m. Swazzle Puppetry's interactive "Monster Mash Up" puppet shows at 10:30 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. will have kids creating their own giant monster puppet.

    Ghostbust a-Move
    Special sing along with Ukulady and Velvetina Evilwich will include Swivel for Sweets Halloween Hula Hooping at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Show us your best moves and your sweet tooth wins.

    Become a Graveyard Smash
    Magic Castle magician Steven Williamson will host the Sing for Sweets Halloween Karaoke at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Whether you aspire to sing Boris Pickett's Monster Mash or Michael Jackson's Thriller, or any Halloween song favorites Williamson will make sure something sweet appears in your hand.

    Join the Circus on the Fringe
    FreakShow Deluxe, Winner of the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival's Award for Best Cabaret/Circus, will take center stage with three carnival style sideshow performances including fire eating, sword swallowing, bed of nails, ladder of machetes, glass eating, freaky magic and much more at 11 a.m. , 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Watch a Pumpkin Turn into the Wolfman without the Help of the Moon
    A computer programmer in his "real" life, "Farmer" Mike Valladao of San Jose, world renown pumpkin sculptor, spends the Halloween season turning extraordinary large pumpkins into works of art. He has sculpted everything from Spiderman and Harry Potter to American flags and presidential candidates as three dimensional masterpieces. In his 12th year at this Festival, he will do his own kind of magic once again as he transforms two 400 lb plus Atlantic Giants, one of which will be the "Wolfman". Another will become one of his signature freaky but whimsical pumpkin faces. Valladao starts at 7 a.m. and expects to complete his work by 3:30 p.m.

    Enjoy the Characters not Getting Their Eyes Carved Out
    A myriad of strolling entertainers will be towering and lurking about including the Circus Joy's Side Show Freak Stilt Walkers featuring a bearded lady, tattooed lady, strong woman and ballerina along with Checkerboard Man's one man vaudeville comedy and magic show, Looney Ballooney witch crafting balloons on request and the ever changing personality of the Ultimate Schizophrenic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Freedom from costing an arm and a leg!
    The "Freak Out" 14th annual Trick-or-Treat Festival and admission to the O.C. Market Place, is included in admission, which is $2 or FREE with a canned food item donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Children 12 and under are always free at the Market Place as is parking.A complete schedule of events is available at .

    In its 42nd year, the Orange County Market Place is held every Saturday and Sunday, except during the Orange County Fair, at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive. The outdoor swap meet includes nearly 1,000 merchants offering a variety of products and services, farmer's market, luxury used car lot, hair salons, gourmet foods to go, kid's play area and food concessions. In addition to the more info is available by calling 949-723-6660.

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